The Major of her hometown Krefeld, Frank Meyer, handed over the Federal Cross of Merit to Friederike Heidenhof - on behalf of the German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Friederike, who has initiated "Partnership for Africa" many years ago emphazised that this award is the result of the common contribution of all sponsors and supporters of the work in the past 17 years!
The Ukraine war hits our orphanges and schools currently very hard - the expenses for school meals are expoding and it´s becoming more and more diffucult to feed all children. We need donations to relieve this current emergency situation as well as for the further develoment of our orphanage farm - in order to make schools and orphanages increasinly independent from Russian and Urainian cereals and also independent from rising food prices on the markets... Donate here - it will help immediately...!
Sensational good news for "Partnerschaft für Afrika": Friederike Heidenhof has just been awarded the Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) by the President of Germany Franz-Walter Steinmeier. It is the highest award the Federal Republic of Germany can provide to an individual person. She received this medal of honour in recognition of her leadership and work with Partnership for Africa. It does not include any financial support. We are all very proud of this award which is a reflection of the relevance of Friederike’s engagement, the work of Partnership for Africa and the tremendous support from all our sponsors.
The German Newspaper "Rheinische Post" launched in early December a good article about our acitivities for the women - mostly HIV positive mothers of our children. They have been supported for years and they are now able to start a small business to earn money for their living. The Potatoe Flakes we showed them how to cook proved as ideal for selling in their envirronment.
This year, the online learning platform "wehorse" launches again a Christmas donation initiative inorder to motivate riders and other horsemen and -women to support "Riders for Africa" in Germany and in the US!
A special event for fundraising will be presented by the big cloth shopping mall "Modepark Röther" in Weinheim on December, 11, 2021 more information....
Instead of the ususal big basar, the Zonta women "Krefeld am Rhein" launched a very creative event: they sold surprise bags with small gifts, like jam, books and others to the benefit of "Partnerschaft für Afrika". www.zonta-krefeld-am-rhein.de
As in the previous years, the Agrarcrawinkel GMBH offerd to auction one of their horses to the benefit of our projects! The little Konik pony found quickly a new owner and the organization donated for our initiative Aktion "Riders for Afrika"!
It is now 10 years since we founded "Partnership for Africa" and 15 years ago we started our project work in Tansania. Just in time for the jubilee, we released our new Annual Report with lots of pictures and information about the most important milestones, current developments and future plans....annual report 2020.
Due to the Corona restrictions we were unable to travel personnally to Tanzania after our last visit in February 2020. This is why we dicided to organize a "Virtual Project visit" with a row of Zoom-Meetings, exchange of news and pictures and evaluation of reports via e-mail. It was quite sucessfull as all parties were well prepared and focussed!
Happy to see an article about our new orphanage in the German Newspaper! Mid of June, the "Rheinische Post" reported about our work of the last 15 years in Tanzania and the opening of the Living Water Children Center!
How is the situation in Tanzania in times of Corona? This question might have had many of our friends and sponsors and we gave answers as far as we can judge from here about the real situation. Fact is, all schools and universities were closed down and our children had to go back to their rest families in the slums. Due to the missing school food, we had to deliver emergency food to their homes as the families are too poor to serve additional meals. At the beginning of the crisis we held almost daily video conferences with our projekct partners, but the real picture remeins in-transparent until today. By end of June, all schools will be opend again. Only then we will know exactly how our schools and orphanages will be affected by the crisis.
To be creative in difficult situation is one thing we learned through our work in many years in Africa. Beeing frustrated due to the cancellation of all fundraising events because of Corona would not be a wise solution long term. As we faced at the same time high costs to cover the unexpected expenses in Tansania for food aid and other needs we initiated successful fundraising events on the internet platform "Betterplace". For example, we provided mothers with sewing machines in order to provide them with an alternative to lost job oportunities. They were busy then to produce anti Corona masks for our projects children and staff.
Our 2020 board meeting has been conducted virtually for the first time in April. As some of our founding members live at different places in Germany, it was even more convenient to meet online. Good ideas and fruitful discussions brought us again some good steps forward. The directors of the board have been re-elected and also the annual report and the proposed workprogram 2020 have been accepted by the board.
Shortly before the Corona outbreak we could manage to visit our projects in Tanzania for evaluation and future planning, together with our local partners. And last but not least: to visit our children for reports to their sponsors! Apart from many meetings and workshops we were happy about the new orphanage and the opening of further buildings. During our visit of families in the slums of Arusha, we found three further orphans who uregently needed our help. Now they have a new and safe home in the new Living Water Children Center!
The campaign "Cooking for Africa" was initiated by two hobby chefs from Krefeld and has poven to be a successful model for collecting donations for children in need. The priciple is quite easy: inviting friends, cooking and collecting money from the guests. Who would like to know more, see "Cooking for Africa". We took the idea and now start a real campaign for more donations. Please contact us if you want to participate!
The Thüringeti-Pony ´Tayo found a new owner! Kathrin Huber, Uta Gräf and Yvonne Gutsche initiated the deal together with Heinz Bley from Agrarcrawinkel GmbH: Kathrin auctioned the grey pony, and Yvonne trained it for one year to become a nice and calm children´s friend. Not only the auction price, but also the selling price of 4000 EUR were donated!
"Riders for Africa" on tour: Around 2000 EUR out of two tombolas, cake-selling and parts of the entrance fees went to our education fund. Thanks to all who supported those two successful days at Rothenkircherhof!
To buy new shoes for 46 children is quite expensive. Thanks to the initiative of our relatives we were able to equip 92 feet with sports shoes - in the right colors and sizes for the daily use in the Canaan Center for HIV-positive children!
Now almost everything is complete - the first dormitory and the playground of our new Living Water Children Center! The children can move in and they were excited about their new home! 100 Children can live here as soon as the second dormitory, the family house and the dining hall are completed as well.
The yearly horse show in Heroldsberg is an attraction for all riders in southern Germany. During the event with high level jumping and dressage tests on international level, we could use the opportunity to promote our initiative "Riders for Africa". Ambassador Uta Gräf, supported by our volonteer Liane Klahn, promoted the initiative among the guests and riders very successfully.
Uta Gräf and Stefan Schneider actors at the Ammerbucher Horsefestival on May, 18, in southern Germany. "Riders for Africa" will be supported by a tombola and als parts of the entrance fees are donted to our education fund.
The Pferdesporthaus Loesdau opens the doors for companies on April, 13, and gives them the opportunity to present their products to the public. The merchandising products, such as riding pads and cups, are presented by our volonteer Liane Klahn, who is never tired to promote "Riders for Africa!"
Daily Mirror, the world class international dressage horse, owned by Flora Keller, is nominated for the world-cup final in Göteborg! Benjamin Werndl succeeded in the quilifiying contests so that our ambassador horse can prove his excellence among the top riders in the world. "Riders for Africa" wishes the team good luck!
On September, 13, 2018 in the Krefeld restaurant "Nordbahnhof" we organized a thriller dinner. Our guests were asked to find the murder - while having a nice dinner and lots of fun!
Wolfgang Pade and the Hannoveranian breeders association inititated a show cooking event which will take place on August 4, 2018 in Verden. During the international horseriding event, many well known riders will be on the spot - such as Meredith Michaels Beerbaum, one of the most successful jumping horse riders, who supported the show cooking for "Partnerschaft für Afrika" in 2017. We look forward to many guests and donations for the good purpose!
The school for disabled children in Kaarst/Germany had an excellent idea: a sponsored walk for other disabled children! The children, parents and teacher run around the sports arena, motivated by sponsors waiting for the results. More than 1600 EUR for the operation and treatment of disabled children in Monduli, one of our supported projects!
One of our supporters, Tim Rulands, is a true sportsman: his plan was to cruise 2000 km through Germany - as a fundraising tour for our HIV-positive children in Tanzania. He wanted to sell 10 EUR/Kilometer to sponors. The tour started on April, 1, and he finished on April, 23, 2016 - his 30th birthday. Finally he collectet nearly € 11.000!!! for our children. A big "THANK YOU" for your performance, 2.687 kilometers on bike in 23 days" and the money for our organization!
More information (in german language): One klick here....
Uta Gräf, the sucessful Grand-Prix-Dressage ride, and Friederike Heidenhof, her horseback riding student, publish a book and three DVD about classic dressage and the motivation of horses. All media contain the information about the work of "Partnership for Africa" initiated by Friederike Heidenhof and supported by Uta Gräf.
Around his "Alte Ziegelei" in Gangelt, Johannes Heinrichs plans to establish a sculpture garden in order to attract visitors and artists from all regions. After the sucessfull first Gangelter Olivenhainsymposium, ten sculptures build the basis for the growing oart. It is planned to invite further artists during the following year and to integrate the old wood of dead olive trees in the park. Light and action will complete the garden.
The World Food Program (WFP) is expected to run out of food reserves in September. Many of the children and families, we support in the different programs and centers depend on food aid from the WFP. This is why we call for emergency action for the first time. Our project partners need to buy food now als long something is available on the world food markets. If the food prices double (or more) in the next month, only half of the children can be fed. This time we need support in order to cover this emergency beside the support of long-term sustainable development programs.
Around 160 trees stand behind the "Alte Ziegelei" in Gangelt/Germany and wait for the right artist to create a skulpture out of the hard wood. The idea: parts of the benefit of the skulptures shall be donated for "Partnership for Africa" in order to support the orphanage for HIV-positive children. Johannes Heinrichs bought the trees out of an olive plantation in Portugal and shipped them to Germany. The call for artists for a symposium for wood art in September 2011 ends end of May 2011.
11. December 2012: Presentation for Lions Club Bad Dürkheim/Kaiserslautern
18.-30. September 2011 Social Safari: Project visit and safari
25. November 2012: official inauguration ceremony for the orphangage in Kisongo
7. July 2012: Präsentation for former governmental hospital in Krefeld
July - December 2012: Photo exhibition Tierarztpraxis Krüger/Pier, Krefeld
December 2011: Project mission to Arusha, Tanzania
September 2011: Symposium for Wood-Art, Gangelt (Charity)
July/August 2011: Call for vacination, Vet-doc Dr. Heike Axmacher, Worms
July, 13, 2011: Presentation for Rotary-Women´s club, Münster
July, 12, 2011: Presentation for Rotary-Women´s club, Krefeld
March, 31, 2011: Approval of tax exemption through financial authorities
March, 25-27, 2011: Infocounter Young Horse competition show, Krefeld
March 7-23, 2011: project-mission to Arusha, Tanzania
15. January 2011: Member´s assembly and foundation of "Partnership for Africa"
December 2, - Januar, 13, 2011: BBBank Karlsruhe: Presentation and photo exhibition
November 1-30, 2010: Umweltbibliothek Chemnitz: presentation and photo exhibition
November 3, 2010: aid Bonn: Presentationabout knowledge transfer in developing countries
2010: Zürich - International symposium, knowledge transfer in developing countries
2010: Schule der Begegnung, Gangelt: Presentation "Afrika - Facetten eines Kontinents"
2010: Universitäty of Bonn: presentation knowledge transfer in developin countries
2009: Zonta Club Krefeld, charity event: presentation and photo exhibition
2009: Stadtbibliothek Wiesbaden Bierstadt: presentation and phot exhibition